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Re: What Does Point Number 3 of TimBL's Linked Data Mean?

From: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:11:53 -0400
Message-Id: <5AD1AA3D-97C2-4878-9B9E-E75EAF3CB5DA@3roundstones.com>
Cc: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
On Jun 21, 2013, at 17:44, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:

> On 6/21/13 3:06 PM, David Wood wrote:
>> Hi Kingsley,
>> 
>> I really [1] hate to get drawn on this, but I think that Tim made it rather clear with his revised Design Issue document that the standards (RDF* and SPARQL) were necessary.  That's why he added them.  I agree.
>> 
>> Now, perhaps we can stop having the same discussion in thirty different threads?  Please?
> 
> David,
> 
> Clearly I don't have a clue about what Linked Data means, so please educate me since I am thoroughly misguided .
> 
> Scenario:
> 
> I want to implement Linked Data in line with TimBL's revised meme, but I don't know what to do about SPARQL.
> Must I acquire a SPARQL engine or build one?
> Can you simply answer that question since I cannot let you get away these kinds of comments in a public forum when my basic quest is absolute clarity.
> 
> Explain to me what SPARQL has to do with it? I've deliberately put RDF aside.


If you expose your data to the Web using RDF and HTTP, anyone who wants to /may/ query it using SPARQL. Full stop.

Regards,
Dave
--
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> 
> Kingsley
> 
> 
>> 
>> Regards,
>> Dave
>> --
>> http://about.me/david_wood
>> 
>> [1] *Really!*
>> 
>> On Jun 21, 2013, at 13:06, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> All,
>>> 
>>> Situation Analysis (for additional context):
>>> 
>>> There are two versions of Design Issues documents [1][2] from TimBL where the primary topic is Linked Data. Both documents a comprised of four bullet points that outline a principled approach to document content production and publication en route to a Web of Data.
>>> 
>>> Naturally, for a majority of folks, TimBL's design issue memes (irrespective of their clearly stated disclaimers) are deemed authoritative with regards to matters relating to Web Architecture and best practices.
>>> 
>>> Current Problem:
>>> 
>>> The fundamental meaning of point three in both Linked Data memes has *inadvertently* lead to very strong differences of opinion, with regards to interpretation. Here are the two interpretations (that I know of) which stand out the most:
>>> 
>>> 1. RDF and SPARQL are implementation details
>>> 2. RDF and SPARQL aren't implementation details -- basically, you can't produce Linked Data without knowledge and/or a commitment to either.
>>> 
>>> Why do we need to resolve this matter?
>>> 
>>> It has become a distraction at every level, it is basically leading to fragmentation where there should be common understanding. For example, some of us are more comfortable with RDF and SPARQL as implementation details while others aren't (it seems!). This difference of interpretation appears insignificant at first blush, but as you drill-down into the many threads about this matter we also hit the key issues of *tolerance* vs *dogma*.
>>> 
>>> What do I mean by RDF and SPARQL are Linked Data implementation details?
>>> 
>>> They are W3C standards that aid the process of building Linked Data (as outlined in the TimBL's revised meme). That said, it doesn't mean that you cannot take other paths to Linked Data while remaining 100% compliant with the essence of TimBL's original Linked Data meme.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Example:
>>> 
>>> DBpedia (and other LInked Data endeavors that leverage Virtuoso or tools like Pubby) apply point number three (either meme version) as follows:
>>> 
>>> 1. use HTTP re-write rules to generate SPARQL Protocol URLs
>>> 2. use content negotiation to align SPARQL protocol URLs with the content types requested by an HTTP user agent.
>>> 
>>> The net effect of the above is as follows:
>>> 
>>> 1. HTML browsers become Linked Data Browsers -- including IE6 (you can follow-your-nose to wherever curiosity takes you without exiting HTML)
>>> 2. CSV Browsers become Linked Data Browsers -- I've demonstrated this using SPARQL-FED based SPARQL protocol URLs that simply return CSV output
>>> 3. RDF processors are exposed to the expanse of Linked Data -- i.e., they have wider access to entities enhanced with an understanding of their relationship semantics
>>> 4. OWL processors are exposed to the expanse of Linked Data -- ditto ++.
>>> 
>>> Links:
>>> 
>>> 1. http://bit.ly/14gE7wQ -- TimBL's original Linked Data meme
>>> 2. http://bit.ly/NvbPLF -- TimBL's revised Linked Data meme
>>> 3. http://dbpedia.org/resource/Linked_data -- DBpedia URI for the Linked Data concept
>>> 4. http://bit.ly/13lcdAM -- Vapor (Linked Data verification utility) report for <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Linked_data>
>>> 5. http://bit.ly/16EVFVG -- Venn diagram illustrating how some of us see the relationship between Linked Data, RDF, and Identifiers.
>>> 
>>> -- 
>>> 
>>> Regards,
>>> 
>>> Kingsley Idehen    
>>> Founder & CEO
>>> OpenLink Software
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>>> 
>>> 
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>>> 
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> -- 
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Kingsley Idehen    
> Founder & CEO
> OpenLink Software
> Company Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
> Personal Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
> Twitter/Identi.ca handle: @kidehen
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